2006 Summer Program in Korean Studies
An Introduction to Modern Korean Literature
Taught by Brother Anthony (안 선재)
This course will introduce students to works by a small number of
writers, seen in the broad context of Korean literary history.
Main Textbook: Twentieth Century Korean Literature by Yi Nam-ho, U
Ch'angje, Yi Kwangho, Kim Mi Hyun. Translated by Ryu Youngju. Published
by Eastbridge Press.
There will be 7 class hours: June 20 (Tues), 21 (Wed), 22 (Thurs) June
26 (Mon), 27 (Tues), 28 (Wed), 29 (Thurs) at 9 – 10:20am in the Arrupe
Day 1. Overview of the main events in modern Korean history. We shall start to read the most famous Korean poems
Day 2. Most famous poems continued. Survey of a few of the main writers of 20th-century Korean poetry
Day 3. Reading some poems by Ko Un, Shin Kyong-Nim, Kim Kwang-Kyu
weekend, students should read a short story by a modern Korean writer
(text given out in class))
Day 4. Survey of the main writers and themes of 20th-century Korean fiction.
Day 5. Survey continued. Students begin to present their responses to the story they have read.
Day 6. Presentations continue, followed by a class discussion on the stories.
Day 7. Students comment on the Korean poem they have most enjoyed reading.